Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak: by Writers Famous and Obscure

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Love wounds the heart and soul . . .

From the editors of the New York Times bestseller Not Quite What I Was Planning comes another collection of terse true tales—this time simple sagas exploring the complexities of the human heart. Six-Word Memoirs on Love & Heartbreak contains hundreds of personal stories about the pinnacles and pitfalls of romance. Brilliant in their brevity, these insightful slivers of passion, pain, and connection ...

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Overview

Love wounds the heart and soul . . .

From the editors of the New York Times bestseller Not Quite What I Was Planning comes another collection of terse true tales—this time simple sagas exploring the complexities of the human heart. Six-Word Memoirs on Love & Heartbreak contains hundreds of personal stories about the pinnacles and pitfalls of romance. Brilliant in their brevity, these insightful slivers of passion, pain, and connection capture every shade of love and loss—six words at a time.

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In 2008, the editors of Smith Magazine asked dozens of writers "famous and obscure" to compose six-word memoirs. The resulting book, Not Quite What I Was Planning, became a New York Times bestseller. Now the inquisitive editors are back, armed with a new question. They wanted wordsmiths, old and new, to capture the essence of romance in half a dozen words. This is the result. If you can peruse this book with another person in the room without reading aloud from it, you probably have a deeply seated problem.
O magazine
“The pithiest of life stories.”
Chicago Tribune
“Irresistibly clever.”
The New Yorker
“You could spend a lifetime brainstorming.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“The exercise in brevity certainly inspires.”
Denver Post
“A perfect distraction and inspiration, and a collection that begs to be shared.”
Vanity Fair
“Perfect for the American attention span...Will thrill minimalists and inspire maximalists.”
New York Post
“The brilliance is in the brevity.”
O Magazine
"The pithiest of life stories."
Philadelphia Magazine
“Six-word review: Buy it, keep it in bathroom.”
San Francisco Chronicle
"The exercise in brevity certainly inspires."
New York Post
"The brilliance is in the brevity."
Chicago Tribune
"Irresistibly clever."
The New Yorker
"You could spend a lifetime brainstorming."
Denver Post
"A perfect distraction and inspiration, and a collection that begs to be shared."
Philadelphia Magazine
"Six-word review: Buy it, keep it in bathroom."
Vanity Fair
"Perfect for the American attention span...Will thrill minimalists and inspire maximalists."
Chicago Tribune
“Irresistibly clever.”
The New Yorker
“You could spend a lifetime brainstorming.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“The exercise in brevity certainly inspires.”
Denver Post
“A perfect distraction and inspiration, and a collection that begs to be shared.”
Vanity Fair
“Perfect for the American attention span...Will thrill minimalists and inspire maximalists.”
New York Post
“The brilliance is in the brevity.”
Philadelphia Magazine
“Six-word review: Buy it, keep it in bathroom.”
O magazine
“The pithiest of life stories.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061714627
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/6/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 199,285
  • Product dimensions: 4.26 (w) x 5.96 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry Smith

SMITH Magazine founding editor Larry Smith has worked as an editor at Men's Journal, ESPN: The Magazine, and Might. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Popular Science, on Salon.com, and many other places. Larry lives in New York City

Rachel Fershleiser is SMITH's memoir editor and has written for the Village Voice, the New York Press, Print, and the National Post. Rachel lives in New York City.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

    An irresistible read

    What a clever collection! Each memoir is only six words long. And each of those words has been carefully selected to convey powerful thoughts and feelings about love and heartbreak. Check out this memoir by Kyla Town on page 71:

    "We were roadkill on love's highway."

    For anyone that has loved and lost, those six words speak volumes. There are many more like this - you'll find yourself reading and exploring this volume from cover to cover.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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